Simone Biles said that if she had a daughter, she would not allow her to be a part of USA Gymnastics given the organization’s abysmal mishandling of former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar’s rampant sexual abuse.
“No,” Biles replied on 60 Minutes when asked if she would ever allow a daughter of hers to participate in USA Gymnastics. “Because I don’t feel comfortable enough, because they haven’t taken accountability for their actions and what they’ve done. And they haven’t ensured us that it’s never going to happen again.”
Biles was one of the hundreds of young female athletes who were sexually abused by Nassar during his tenure as the USA Gymnastics national team doctor. Nassar was convicted to 175 years in prison back in 2018 — but Biles made it clear that serious questions still remain about USA Gymnastics ignoring complaints against Nassar.
Simone Biles says if she had a daughter, she wouldn’t want her in U.S.A. Gymnastics as it’s run now, following the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. “I don’t feel comfortable enough… they haven’t ensured us that it’s never going to happen again.” https://t.co/7zMDohczqg pic.twitter.com/0Tz0SuIU46
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 15, 2021
A number of former gymnasts have said they complained to the organization as far back as the 90s but no action was taken against Nassar until 2015, potentially allowing hundreds of athletes to face further abuse in a shameful attempt to cover-up or downplay Nassar’s actions. Biles is among those who have demanded an independent investigation of USA Gymnastics take place to figure out the organization’s role in Nassar being allowed to remain the national team doctor for so long.
“Just who knew what, when? You guys [USA Gymnastics] have failed so many athletes,” she said.
“And most of us underage. You guys don’t think that’s a bigger problem? Like, if that were me and I knew something I’d want it resolved immediately.”
In response to Biles’ criticism, CEO of USA Gymnastics, Li Li Leung, issued a statement to 60 Minutes, saying, “We recognize how deeply we have broken the trust of our athletes and community, and are working hard to build that trust back.” However, at this time, no independent investigation has been launched.